It’s probably no surprise that I love books. As soon as we found out that we were pregnant with B, we started her collection and began reading to her. And the same is true when we had the twins. Reading is a part of our nightly bedtime routine, as well as embedded throughout our entire day.
What I love about books is that each of us has a set of go-to books that we can read over and over and never tire of. The best part is that each of us like different books. None of our go-to books are exactly the same!
I’ve decided to share with you our favorites. Not just mine, but B’s, my husbands, and the twins as well. Through this four-part series you will be exposed to what I would consider 20 of the greatest children’s board books. Almost all of the books mentioned are board books or can be purchased as board books, so they are perfect to read to your babies no matter how old.
Why Board Books?
Board books are great for so many reasons, you can wipe them clean, disinfect if needed, and they withstand just about anything your little ones can throw at them. Board books are also great for helping little ones learn to turn pages because they are often so much thicker than normal pages.
Tired of listening to my obsessive love of books?
A Mom’s List
Today’s list includes my favorites, or my top five at least. As a mom these books range from fun and cute to warm and fuzzy. Enjoy!
This was given to us when B was almost two by her Grandma and Grandpa. The absolutely adorable Little Blue Truck teaches the big bad dump truck how important it is to care and help one another. There are tons of animals sounds which are great for little ones, vibrant pictures, and rhymes. The girls love to “Beep” like Blue and your kiddos will too. You can also read about how to use this book when teaching the letter T, here.
I can’t count the number of times I have read this book. Good Night Farm is near and dear to my heart because I grew up on a farm. This book allows me to share some aspects of farm life with my girls. This book not only shows a variety of farms and crops but also uses many different greetings. You can use this book to talk about farms, to discuss ways to say “hello,” or for a number of other different reasons. The girls love to make the animal noises and find as many dogs as they possibly can (hint: there seems to be one on almost every page).
This is one of those warm and fuzzy books that you just hope sink in to your little one’s hearts. I love You Through and Through shows all the ways that a person is loved. We have a blast just acting this book out, making silly faces, running, walking, and giggling. Not only can you make it educational and fun, it’s also a great way to remind your little ones that you love them just the way they are.
A sentimental and sweet book that shows kids just how special they are. On the Night You Were Born is an extremely heartfelt book that describes what happened the night you were born. One of B’s favorite lines, “Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo. (It’s because they’ve been dancing all night for you.” She loves the idea that the bears are napping because they were up dancing all night for her. Beautiful, whimsical illustrations and such a precious message, who wouldn’t want to read this book over and over!
I can’t remember where I picked this one up and I haven’t seen it since but I’m so glad that it found a home with us. I Love You Stinky Face is an original tale of how the little boy in the story will always be loved no matter what. If you have a dinosaur fan in your family, they will love this book. The boy in this story thinks of all these scary creatures and wonders if his mama will still love him if he becomes one. But who wouldn’t love a “swamp creature with slimy, smelly seaweed handing from my body?”
Did you really expect me to just list five?!?! I had to throw in one of Sandra Boynton’s books because they are amazing. Barnyard Dance is a hit for me because it’s catchy, and we can dance to it. I love being able to get up and dance before, during, or after reading this book. We also love that the animals dance and again it gives us a chance to work on animal sounds. A win win all around.
There you have it folks! An amazing group of board books from a mom’s perspective. Check back soon to hear about B’s favorites in her own words. 🙂
I’d love to know what your favorites are too. We visit the library often and are always on the hunt for a good book, so please feel free to share!
Warmest Wishes and Happy Reading,